JR 'Dock Grandpa' ( Air Operations Team )
PADI Master Instructor - Scuba Diving since 2002
JR’s love of diving began in 2002 when he walked into a dive shop in Southern Indiana and signed up for his PADI Open Water course and bought all his gear the very first day. Little did he know; his life would never be the same after that day. Not only did learning to dive change his life professionally, it personally changed his entire world. JR met the love of his life, one of our Course Directors, Tina Conrad, at the dive center and since that afternoon in 2002, diving went from a hobby to a love for the sport that has to be shared. JR has always loved teaching others and diving is no exception. He worked his way through the PADI diver and professional levels to become a PADI Master Instructor alongside Tina and together they started running that Southern Indiana dive center. Not only did JR teach and help manage the dive center but he also oversaw the maintenance and repair of all equipment and accompanied customers on travels around the globe.
JR’s professional background beyond diving includes owning his own masonry and construction company since 1993, where he excelled at offering custom work for his clients. He has experience in laying brick, block, stone and associated materials to construct homes, businesses, sidewalks, mailboxes, etc. He is experienced in all aspects of remodeling and constructing homes as a general contractor and site manager. At Rainbow Reef, JR oversees all aspects of our facilities, including working closely with our Captains and our interns to keep everything running behind the scenes.
JR also served in the Kentucky Air National Guard 123rd Civil Engineer Tactical Unit from 1983-1996 as heavy equipment operator, sheet metal fabrication specialist and mason. In 2015 he earned his Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Technology and HVAC.
Diving opened the door for JR to take his love for traveling beyond the U.S. boarders to other countries including Australia, New Zealand, The Galapagos, Mexico, Guadalupe Island with the Great Whites, Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, St. Lucia, The Bahamas, St. Thomas, St. Croix, the Turks and Cacaos, Barbados and Dominica. Even with all these amazing locations, The Florida Keys has always held a special place in his heart, it was one of the first trips JR and Tina did together and it has always felt like home. JR is excited to be working with Rainbow Reef as Project Manager and loves being able to use all of his skills as part of the Rainbow Reef Team.
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PADI Specialty Instructor Certifications:
Enriched Air/Nitrox Diver
Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver
Search & Recovery Diver
Coral Reef Conservation
TecRec Gas Blender
PADI Emergency 02 Provider
EFR Primary/Secondary Care
EFR Care for Children
My Dive Gear:
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